Sunday, February 24, 2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 h6!? by Ashot Nadanian

IM Ashot Nadanian is quite an interesting guy:
Nadanian's Fide Chess Profile 
An Oct 2012 interview to Ashot Nadanian 
Here, as we have an UCO perspective, we want to mention his opening contribution 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 h6!?
And for your pleasure, here you can see him in action in a blitz game againts GM Pinter  :
Jozsef Pinter (parduc) - Ashot Nadanian (April24-1915)
Internet Chess Club 3m + 0s, 2006

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 h6 3.c4 g5 4.Nc3 g4 5.Nd2 Bg7 6.e4 d6 7.Be2 h5 8.Nb3 a5 9.Bg5 a4 10.Nd2 a3 11.b3 Nc6 12.Be3 e5 13.d5 Nd4 14.Nb5 Nd7 15.Rc1 f5 16.exf5 Nc5 17.0-0 Bxf5 18.Bxd4 exd4 19.Re1 0-0 20.b4 Na4 21.Nb3 d3 22.Bf1 Bh6 23.N5d4 Nb2 24.Nxf5 Rxf5 25.Bxd3 Nxd1 26.Bxf5 Bxc1 27.Rxd1 0-1
If you are interested in this strange opening system (it remimds me an improved macho Grob), you may be interested to know that there is an article on it in SOS Secrets of Opening Surprises n° 5   By the way that book contains another article of interest for the UCO player based on 1.d4 c6 2.c4 b5!?!
 At last, we wish to mention that the series SOS Secrets of Opening Surprises contains so many gambit and UCO chess ideas and there is a Clearance Sale  at the NEW in Chess site.... Hurry up!
March 17th 2013 update:
In their book "Genius in the background" (2009), Tibor
Karolyi  and Nick Aplin spent a whole chapter on Ashot

Saturday, February 9, 2013

du Chattel's complete blitz games
At last, here is the complete collection of Philip du Chattel's 496 blitz games & analysis in zipped pgn format:
As the preceding file has been made in pgn, I cannot remove 11 double.
But I was able to clean the same file as a chessbase database:
Enjoy and hopefully give 1...Nh6 a try!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The 2010 Italian Correspondence Chess Players Yearbook

Now that Italy has to be taken very seriously in correspondence chess competitions: WC25/final, World Championship 25 Final   here attached you can freely download the The 2010 Italian Correspondence Chess Players Yearbook It is composed of 320 pag. - PDF 44,5MB 
There are tons of games and material. Here are a few examples:
  •  starting from page 129 you can read an article on 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Qf6!?
  • from page 163: the game B. Toth -  Oosterom J. (1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.e4 Bb4 4.Bd3 Nc6...)
  • Stefano Rosselli del Turco as a Correspondence Player, from page 231
At last a link to the Italian Correspondence Chess Association